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Matthew J. Cannova
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PROFILE
AWARDS
AFFILIATIONS
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Matthew's Profile

Matthew advises employers and benefits professionals across the country in matters related to employee benefits and executive compensation including retirement and welfare plan compliance, 409A compliance, and employee benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions. He has experience representing employers in defense of audits, investigations, and proceedings by government agencies (IRS and DOL) with respect to benefits and compensation matters.

Matthew’s practice includes advising clients with respect to, and drafting, all types of executive compensation programs and employee benefit plans, including qualified and nonqualified retirement, deferred compensation, profit sharing, 401(k), defined benefit, and health and welfare plans. He also advises clients with respect to compliance issues under HIPAA, ERISA, COBRA, and Affordable Care Act (Health Care Reform), as well as requirements under the Internal Revenue Code. He works with clients to identify and correct plan defects and compliance failures in tax-qualified retirement plans and welfare benefit plans through IRS and DOL voluntary correction programs.

Matthew has been recognized by several organizations and industry publications for his work as an employee benefits attorney, including Alabama Super Lawyers and Mid-South Super Lawyers. He is a member of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation and Labor & Employment practice groups in Maynard Cooper’s Birmingham office.

 

Matthew's Awards

  • Mid-South Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Employee Benefits (2016-Present)
  • Alabama Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in Employee Benefits (2015)

Matthew's Affiliations and Civic Involvement

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Alabama State Bar Association
  • Birmingham Bar Association
  • The University of Alabama Human Resources Management Conference Advisory Committee
  • Alabama Plan Sponsor Council, Board Member

Civic Involvement

  • Junior Executive Board of the American Cancer Society
  • Birmingham Ducks Unlimited Board
  • Alpha Kappa Lambda Fraternity, Alumni Advisor

Matthew's Speaking Engagements

  • April 24-25, 2018: “Tax Reform and Resulting Developments Under Employee Benefits Law” for Colonial Life’s Broker Summit, Pensacola, FL and Mobile, AL
CONTACT
T 205.254.1193
F 205.254.1999
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Assistant
Stacy Stewart
BAR ADMISSIONS
State Bar:Alabama, Florida
EDUCATION
University of Alabama School of Law (2010, J.D., magna cum laude; Alabama Law Review ; Order of the Coif; Hugo Black Scholar; Chicago Title Insurance Company Award; Bench & Bar Legal Honor Society, Treasurer; Student Bar Association Senator)
University of Alabama (2007, B.S., cum laude; Health Care Management)
April 4, 2019
CLIENT ALERT: COURT STRIKES DOWN DOL FINAL RULES FOR ASSOCIATION HEALTH PLANS
The United States District Court for the District of Columbia struck down major portions of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rules regarding Association Health Plans (“AHPs”). The final AHP rules expand the definition of “employer”...
March 8, 2019
CLIENT ALERT - WANT TO KEEP YOUR ACA GRANDFATHERED GROUP HEALTH PLANS?
Federal Agencies Want to Hear From You In an effort to minimize the economic burden of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), various federal agencies are soliciting input from the public on the challenges that employers wi...
February 6, 2019
CLIENT ALERT – NEW IRS GUIDANCE ON TAXATION OF QUALIFIED TRANSPORTATION FRINGE BENEFITS
Overview Since January 1, 2018, and by reason of The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, (the Act), taxable employers have been denied deductions for their expenses for Qualified Transportation Fringe (QTFs) benefits provided to their employee...
December 18, 2018
CLIENT ALERT - SOFTENING THE RULES ON HARDSHIP DISTRIBUTIONS: IRS PROPOSES NEW REGULATIONS
Overview This month, the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) issued eagerly-awaited proposed regulations regarding hardship distributions for 401(k) and 403(b) plans.  The recent passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2017 (“...
January 2, 2018
MAYNARD COOPER & GALE ANNOUNCES FIVE NEW SHAREHOLDERS
Maynard Cooper & Gale is pleased to announce that the firm has elevated five deserving attorneys to shareholder, effective January 1, 2018: Mat...
November 9, 2018
MAYNARD COOPER & GALE RECEIVES RECOGNITION IN RECENT U.S. NEWS/BEST LAWYERS “BEST LAW FIRMS” AND SUPER LAWYERS LISTINGS
The recently released edition of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” positions Maynard Cooper in the National Tier Rankings in 10 areas of practice, including Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Land Use & Zoning Law, L...